When news of Rachael Kirkconnell broke regarding her unsavory past when it comes to race, The Bachelor went down a rabbit hole that seems to never end. Long time host of the franchise, Chris Harrison, has found himself out of the shows amidst the chaos.
With Matt James and Kirkconnell playing “to date or not to date,” Harrison placed himself in the crossfire during an interview with Rachel Lindsay (the first black Bachelorette) on Extra. In the interview, he attempted to offer compassion to Kirkconnell’s questionable past, which includes attending an antebellum party during her collegiate career in 2018.
Harrison quickly learned that there is no place for sympathy when racism is the center of the discussion. After receiving a plethora of backlash, Harrison took a break from the franchise. Emmanuel Acho filled in for Harrison during the post-season The Bachelor special. Franchise alums Tayshia Adams and Kaitlyn Bristowe are hosting The Bachelorette this season, and there are also celebrity hosts set for Bachleor in Paradise.
Now, Harrison is officially not returning. Deadline reports that Harrison have received “a rose of his own in the form of mid-range eight-figure payoff and promise to keep his mouth shut.” The publication reports that the amicable split that will be portrayed for television is nothing like the chaos that occurred behind the scenes.
“The confidential settlement with franchise producers and distributor Warner Horizon was finally reached after one more flurry of back and forth between the parties and Bachelor broadcaster ABC on Monday night, “ reports Deadline. “A motivational undercurrent, so to speak, throughout was Harrison lawyer Bryan Freedman pledging to unleash the Shiva of lawsuits exposing a swath of The Bachelor’s alleged dirty laundry unless his Gersh-repped client emerged feeling the financial love.”
After all of this, James and Kirkconnell seem to be back together though he broke up with her at the post-season special.